IN the six months running from December last year, Emmanuel Murepa and his accomplices broke into people’s properties 19 times and stole household property worth thousands of dollars.
Murepa teamed up with Phillip Matiya and other accused persons who remain at large to unleash a spate of burglaries in Dangamvura, Fern Valley, Buwerimwe, Dora, Zimunya and Gombakomba.
Murepa was recently sentenced to five years imprisonment when he appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate, Mr Langton Mukwengi.
Mr Chris Munyuku prosecuted.
Murape pleaded guilty to eight counts of the crime and the five-year jail sentence is only for those, while the other 11 cases are still pending trial.
It was the State’s case that Murepa and his accomplices broke into19 houses and stole household goods that included television sets, laptops, cellphones, gas stoves, blankets and groceries, among others.
In one of the cases, on December 20 last year, Murepa and his accomplices broke into a house and stole a television set, clothes and groceries, among other things.
On March 25, a complainant retired to bed around midnight,leaving everything intact.
Murepa and Matiya used an unknown object to open the kitchen door and gain entry into the house.
The duo stole various items and a report was made at ZRP Fern Valley, Mutare, on March 26.
Sometime in April, Murepa and Lovemore Makushata, who is still at large, broke into a Fern Valley house and stole a television set, a laptop and groceries.
The complainant discovered the offence the following morning and made a report at Fern Valley Police Base.
On June 11, Murepa and Farai Mabvuu, who is still at large, broke into a Dangamvura house and stole a television set and a home theatre system, among other items.
The complainant discovered the offence the following morning and made a police report.
On July 1, police detectives picked information linking Murepa to the March 26 offence and went on to arrest him.
During interviews, Murepa admitted committing the offence.
He implicated Matiya.
He led the police to Selina Mandianike’s house in Sakubva where a television set was recovered.
A home theatre system was also recovered at Reggie Mudavanhu’s Yeovil house.